In The Happiness Trap Pocketbook, authors Bev Aisbett and Dr. Russ Harris share, “Mindful breathing ... [is] an anchor, to hold you steady in the midst of an emotional storm.” Throughout the day I notice the rate of my breathing—rapidly when I exercise, or slow and deliberate when I am calm.
When I close my eyes and breathe deeply and deliberately, I quiet my mind. I become more aware of my thoughts and my ability to direct them.
I focus on attitudes and ideas that foster positive outcomes. As I inhale and exhale, I consider the blessings in my life and feel the richness of absolute gratitude. Steadied by a sense of oneness with Spirit, I breathe easily and gratefully.
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”—John 20:22